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Guess the Device: This iconic instant camera is still gorgeous

by Brandon Russell | February 14, 2015February 14, 2015 12:30 pm EST

I’m doing things a little different this week, changing up the formula. While shooting pictures for this, I realized that obscuring a device like this, while fun, doesn’t really do it justice. You can’t really admire the design of such an iconic and historic gadget, which to this day remains one of the more clever out there.

It was passed down to me through family—I’m fortunate enough to own two different models. The only bad part is that it’s an incredibly expensive hobby—film for it cost upwards of $25 with only 8 shots. Hmph. That said, I’m feeling the urge to buy some to start creating some fun memories. Obviously this gadget isn’t the most portable; it’s actually pretty inconvenient in that regard. But it was never designed for discretion. Not only is it big, but it’s also loud, too.

It’s great fun to look back on something so old, and something still so unique. You won’t find designs like this anymore, that’s for sure. In fact, when I brought it to the office the other day, it confused Roy; he didn’t know what it was, let alone how to use it. I suppose that just underscores how far removed we are from the era. (And how spoiled we are today with pocket computers.)

If you don’t know what this is, that’s no fault of your own. Unless you’re really committed to such an ancient craft, it’s not something you see around town everyday. In fact, I’ve never seen one in public. And why would I? People prefer digital (I’m among that crowd), though there is something unique and charming about the instant nature of what this gadget did.

Brandon Russell

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